Co-presented by Rock Camp for Girls and Gender Nonconforming Youth Montreal
Kerslake’s documentary follows the trajectory of trailblazing rock star and feminist icon Joan Jett, founder of the all-female rock band The Runaways and frontwoman of Joan Jett and the Black Hearts. Responsible for the punk-era staples “Cherry Bomb,” “Hollywood” and “Queens of Noise,” Jett went on to release one of the all-time great rock & roll anthems, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” in 1981. Archival footage dating back to the early years of Jett’s career meshes seamlessly with testimonials by some of her foremost collaborators and admirers, among them Ian MacKaye, Alison Mosshart, Kathleen Hanna, and Debbie Harry. The film also affords access to Jett’s first-hand accounts of what it was like to pick up the guitar at a time when girls weren’t supposed to, not giving a damn, and surviving all that came with it.